2015 Honolulu Pulse Awards

Aug. 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

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BY JASON GENEGABUS / jason@staradvertiser.com

Honolulu Pulse readers have spoken — the results are in for the 2015 Honolulu Pulse Awards.

Visitors to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s entertainment website nominated their favorites in more than 50 categories this year, picking winners in categories from Best Bar, Best Nightclub and Best Afterhours to Best Juice Bar, Best Local Artist and Best Local Chef during an online voting period in July.

Since its launch in 2010, the Pulse has served as a vital source of locally produced coverage of Honolulu’s arts, entertainment, food and nightlife scenes. More than 200,000 unique visitors access the site every month for the latest news and photo event coverage, plus more than a dozen regular weekly features produced by a team of veteran reporters and bloggers.


2015 HONOLULU PULSE AWARDS

Click here for category index

BEST AFTERHOURS

Best Afterhours

First Place:

Zippy’s
Various Locations
www.zippys.com

Finalists:

» Asylum Afterhours
» The District
» Kissaten Coffee Bar
» M Nightclub

BEST AUTO CUSTOMIZATION SHOP

Best Auto Customization

First Place:

Ron’s Performance Center

Finalists:

» Auto Customs
» Chance Customs
» Infinite Machine Works

BEST BAR

Best Bar

First Place:

Mai Tai Bar
Ala Moana Center
(808) 947-2900 www.maitaibar.com

Finalists:

» Home Bar and Grill
» Manifest
» The Mill
» Pint and Jigger

BEST BAR FOOD

Best Bar Food

First Place:

Side Street Inn
Ala Moana, Kapahulu
www.sidestreetinn.com

Finalists:

» Armbar Sports Bar and Grill
» Home Bar and Grill
» Imua Lounge
» REAL a gastropub

BEST BAR FOR BEER

Best Bar for Beer

First Place:

Yard House Waikiki
226 Lewers St.
(808) 923-9273

Finalists:

» Bar 35
» BREW’d Craft Bar
» Honolulu Beerworks
» Waikiki Brewing Company

BEST BAR FOR DAY DRINKING

Best Bar for Day Drinking

First Place:

Mai Tai Bar
Ala Moana Center
(808) 947-2900 www.maitaibar.com

Finalists:

» Duke’s Waikiki
» Hula’s Waikiki
» Murphy’s Bar and Grill
» Row Bar

BEST BAR FOR PEOPLE WHO DON’T LIKE BARS

Best Bar for People Who Dont Like Bars

First Place:

Dave & Buster’s
1030 Auahi St.
(808) 589-2215

Finalists:

» Kani Ka Pila Grille
» Nocturna Lounge
» The Pig and The Lady
» The Study at the Modern Honolulu

BEST BARTENDER

Best Bartender

First Place:

Brion Zablan, M Nightclub
500 Ala Moana Blvd.
@mnlhnl
www.mnlhnl.com

Finalists:

» Yooey Kim, The Safehouse
» Dave Newman, Pint and Jigger
» Christian Self, Bevy
» Rick Shibasaki, The Lounge

BEST BEACH

Best Beach

First Place:

Lanikai

Finalists:

» Ala Moana Beach Park
» Sandy Beach Park
» Waimanalo Beach Park
» Waimea Bay

BEST BURGER

Best Burger

First Place:

Teddy’s Bigger Burgers
11 locations in Hawaii
www.teddysbiggerburgers.com

Finalists:

» The Counter
» Kua ‘Aina Sandwich
» Square Barrels
» W&M Bar-B-Q Burger

BEST CHEAP DATE

Best Cheap Date

First Place:

Beach Picnic

Finalists:

» Dave & Buster’s
» Hiking
» Kissaten Coffee Bar
» Surfing

BEST CLOTHING BOUTIQUE

Best Clothing Boutique

First Place:

Eden in Love
1050 Ala Moana Blvd. #1660
(808) 591-1005 www.edininlove.com

Finalists:

» Fighting Eel
» House of Aria
» Valerie Joseph
» Roberta Oaks

BEST COCKTAIL LOUNGE

Best Cocktail Lounge

First Place:

The Safehouse at The Republik
1349 Kapiolani Blvd. #30
(808) 941-7469 www.jointherepublik.com

Finalists:

» Bevy
» LBLE
» Lewers Lounge
» The Study at the Modern Honolulu

BEST DATE NIGHT

Best Date Night

First Place:

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Waikiki and Waterfront Plaza locations
(808) 599-3860 (808) 440-7910
www.ruthschris.com

Finalists:

» Hy’s Steak House
» Night Fishing
» Roy’s
» Top of Waikiki

BEST DESSERT

Best Dessert

First Place:

Liliha Bakery
Liliha and Nimitz Highway locations
(808) 531-1651 (808) 537-2488
www.lilihabakery.com

Finalists:

» Bubbies
» MW Restaurant
» Shokudo
» Via Gelato

BEST DIVE BAR

Best Dive Bar

First Place:

The Hideaway Waikiki
1913 Dudoit Lane
(808) 949-9885
www.808ne.ws/1hP4Tt1

Finalists:

» 8 Fat Fat 8 Bar and Grille
» Anyplace Lounge
» Arnold’s Beach Bar
» Smith’s Union Bar

BEST DJ

Best DJ

First Place:

DJ Kool E
www.1027dabomb.net/dj-kool-e

Finalists:

» Graves
» Dana Kruse
» Romeo Valentine
» Dee Wizzard

BEST FARM-TO-TABLE RESTAURANT

Best Farm to Table Restaurant

First Place:

Alan Wong’s
1857 South King Street #208
(808) 949-2526 www.alanwongs.com

Finalists:
» Hula Grill Waikiki
» Livestock Tavern
» Monkeypod Kitchen
» Town

BEST FOOD TRUCK

Best Food Truck

First Place:

Giovanni’s Aloha Shrimp Truck
55-505 Kamehameha Hwy.
www.giovannisshrimptruck.com

Finalists:

» Aloha Plate
» Elena’s
» Fresh Catch
» Kau Kau Grill

BEST GAY-FRIENDLY BAR

Best Gay Friendly Bar

First Place:

Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand
134 Kapahulu Ave.
(808) 923-0669 www.hulas.com

Finalists:

» Bacchus Waikiki
» Fusion Waikiki
» Imua Lounge
» Wang Chung’s

BEST GO-GO DANCER

Best Go Go Dancer

First Place:

Cherry Lei
www.facebook.com/gogocherrylei

Finalists:

» Ashlyn Akuna
» Shayna Fay
» Robyn “RMac” McDonald
» Destinee Tupinio

BEST GYM

Best Gym

First Place:

24 Hour Fitness
Eight locations in Hawaii
(808) 951-7677 www.24hourfitness.com

Finalists:

» Egan’s Training Center
» Honolulu Club
» Powerhouse Gym
» UFC Gym BJ Penn

BEST INSTAGRAM

Best Instagram

First Place:

Farmers Market Hawaii
@farmersmarkethawaii
www.farmersmarkethawaii.com

Finalists:

» @eddiediazart
» @nikki.stiletto
» @prettyricky808
» @supercw

BEST JUICE BAR

Best Juice Bar

First Place:

Lanikai Juice
600 Kailua Rd. #101
www.lanikaijuice.com

Finalists:

» HIBlend Health Bar and Cafe
» Instapressed
» Jewel or Juice
» Shaka Pressed

BEST KARAOKE

Best Karaoke

First Place:

Krazy Karaoke
Pearl Kai Shopping Center
(808) 484-0269

Finalists:

» Air Park Karaoke Lounge
» Karaoke Hut
» Nocturna Lounge
» Wang Chung’s

BEST LATE-NIGHT FOOD

Best Late Night Food

First Place:

Zippy’s
Various Locations
www.zippys.com

Finalists:

» Alejandro’s
» Da Window at Lucky Belly
» Liliha Bakery
» Sorabol

BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE

Best Live Music Venue

First Place:

The Republik
1349 Kapiolani Blvd. #30
(808) 941-7469 www.jointherepublik.com

Finalists:

» Crossroads at Hawaiian Brian’s
» Duke’s Waikiki
» Hawaii Theatre
» LBLE

BEST LOCAL ARTIST

Best Local Artist

First Place:

Keoni “Painkillers” Payton
http://www.ilovepainkillers.com

Finalists:

» Peter Shepard Cole
» Kamea Hadar
» Clark Little
» Zak Noyle

BEST LOCAL BAND – ROCK

Best Local Band Rock

First Place:

Kings of Spade
@kingsofspadeofficial
www.kingsofspade.com

Finalists:

» 82Fifty
» Crimson Apple
» Erin Smith Band
» Streetlight Cadence

BEST LOCAL BAND – REGGAE

Best Local Band Reggae

First Place:

The Green
@thegreen808
www.thegreen808.com

Finalists:

» Jimmy Weeks Project
» Maoli
» Rebel Souljahz
» The Vitals

BEST LOCAL BAND – HAWAIIAN

Best Local Band Hawaiian

First Place:

Royal Hawaiian Band
www.rhb-music.com

Finalists:

» Holunape
» Hu’ewa
» Kahulanui
» Waipuna

BEST LOCAL CHEF

Best Local Chef

First Place:

Alan Wong, Alan Wong’s Honolulu
1857 S. King St. #208
(808) 949-2526 www.alanwongs.com

Finalists:

» James Aptikan, MAC 24/7
» Chai Chaowasaree, Chai’s
» Ed Kinney, Town
» Mark Noguchi, MISSION Social Hall and Cafe

BEST LOCAL HIP-HOP ARTIST/GROUP

Best Local Hip Hop

First Place:

Willy G
@dreamteamwillyg
www.reverbnation.com/willyg808

Finalists:

» Broke Mokes
» J Shiu
» Prie
» Super Groupers

BEST LOCAL SOLO ARTIST

Best Local Solo Artist

First Place:

Jack Johnson
@jackjohnson
www.jackjohnsonmusic.com

Finalists:

» Shar Carillo
» Aidan James
» Mike Love
» Kealii Reichel

BEST NEW THING

Best New Thing

First Place:

Smoke-Free Beaches

Finalists:

» The District Nightclub
» Fried Manapua
» King Street Cycle Track
» Periscope

BEST NIGHTCLUB

Best Nightclub

First Place:

M Nightclub
500 Ala Moana Blvd.
@mnlhnl
www.mnlhnl.com

Finalists:

» Addiction Nightclub
» The District Nightclub
» Ginza Nightclub
» The Republik

BEST PAU HANA

Best Pau Hana

First Place:

Mai Tai Bar
Ala Moana Center, 4th Floor
(808) 947-2900 www.maitaibar.com

Finalists:

» Doraku Kakaako
» Home Bar and Grill
» Row Bar
» Yataimura at Shirokiya

BEST PIZZA

Best Pizza

First Place:

Brick Oven Pizza
Kaneohe and Kapolei locations
(808) 235-8561 (808) 674-8561
www.brickovenpizzahi.com

Finalists:

» Bar 35
» Inferno’s
» JJ Dolan’s
» Prima Kailua

BEST PLACE FOR COFFEE

Best Place for Coffee

First Place:

Starbucks
71 Locations on Oahu
www.starbucks.com

Finalists:

» Kissaten Coffee Bar
» Manifest
» Morning Glass Coffee and Cafe
» Smokey’s Pipe and Coffee

BEST PLACE TO GO DANCING

Best Place to Go Dancing

First Place:

M Nightclub
500 Ala Moana Blvd.
@mnlhnl
www.mnlhnl.com

Finalists:

» Asylum Afterhours
» The District Nightclub
» Ginza Nightclub
» Rumours Nightclub

BEST PLACE TO HOST A PRIVATE PARTY

Best Place for Private Party

First Place:

M Nightclub
500 Ala Moana Blvd.
@mnlhnl
www.mnlhnl.com

Finalists:

» Hawaiian Brian’s
» Honolulu Museum of Art
» Koolau Golf Club
» The Republik

BEST PLACE TO PLAY POOL

Best Place for Pool

First Place:

Hawaiian Brian’s
1680 Kapiolani Blvd.
www.hawaiianbrians.com

Finalists:

» Dave and Buster’s
» The Hideaway Bar Waikiki
» Proof Public House
» Velvet Touch Billiards

BEST PLACE TO STUDY

Best Place to Study

First Place:

Starbucks
71 Locations on Oahu
www.starbucks.com

Finalists:

» Coffee Talk
» Glazers Coffee
» Kissaten Coffee Bar
» Smokey’s Pipe and Coffee

BEST PLACE TO TAKE VISITORS

Best Place for Visitors

First Place:

Polynesian Cultural Center
55-370 Kamehameha Highway
(808) 293-3333
www.polynesia.com

Finalists:

» Diamond Head Crater
» Haleiwa Store Lots
» Pearl Harbor
» Tiki’s Grill and Bar

BEST PLATE LUNCH

Best Plate Lunch

First Place:

Rainbow Drive-In
3308 Kanaina Ave.
www.rainbowdrivein.com

Finalists:

» Elena’s
» Fresh Catch
» L&L Hawaiian Barbeque
» Pioneer Saloon

BEST RAMEN

Best Ramen

First Place:

Goma Tei Ramen
Three locations on Oahu
www.gomatei.com

Finalists:

» Agu
» Ezogiku
» Lucky Belly
» Ramen-ya

BEST RESTAURANT

Best Restaurant

First Place:

Hy’s Steak House
2440 Kuhio Avenue
(808) 922-5555
www.hyswaikiki.com

Finalists:

» Alan Wong’s
» Chef Mavro
» Ichiriki
» Town

BEST RESTAURANT BAR

Best Restaurant Bar

First Place:

The Pig and The Lady
83 North King Street
(808) 585-8255
www.thepigandthelady.com

Finalists:

» 12th Avenue Grill
» Chart House Waikiki
» Monkeypod Kitchen
» Nobu Waikiki

BEST SPORTS BAR

Best Sports Bar

First Place:

Buffalo Wild Wings
Waikiki and Pearl City locations
www.buffalowildwings.com

Finalists:

» Armbar Sports Bar and Grill
» Giovanni Pastrami
» Rivals Lounge
» Underdogs Sports Bar and Grill

BEST STREETWEAR SHOP

Best Streetwear Shop

First Place:

Farmers Market Hawaii
1430 Kona St.
@farmersmarkethawaii
www.farmersmarkethawaii.com

Finalists:

» About the Goods
» Hawaii’s Finest
» In4mation
» Red Label Clothing

BEST SURF SHOP

Best Surf Shop

First Place:

Town & Country Surf
7 locations on Oahu
www.tcsurf.com

Finalists:

» Hawaiian Island Creations
» Hawaiian South Shore
» Sera’s Surf and Shore
» Surf Garage

BEST SUSHI

Best Sushi

First Place:

Morimoto Waikiki
1775 Ala Moana Boulevard
(808) 943-5900 www.morimotowaikiki.com

Finalists:

» Mitch’s Sushi
» Morio’s Sushi Bistro
» Sushi ii
» Sushi Ginza Onodera

BEST TATTOO PARLOR

Best Tattoo Parlor

First Place:

808 Tattoo
46-018 Kamehameha Hwy. #211
@808tattoo
(808) 234-1501 www.808tattoo.com

Finalists:

» Bespoke Tattoo
» Pacific Soul Tattoo
» Soul Signature Tattoo
» Tattoolicious

BEST TWITTER

Best Twitter

First Place:

@kili_so_silly

Finalists:

» @danieldaekim
» @jointherepublik
» @landonjumpoff
» @realdyms

BEST VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT

Best Vegan Restaurant

First Place:

Down to Earth
4 Locations on Oahu
(808) 947-7678
www.downtoearth.org

Finalists:
» Downbeat Diner
» Greens and Vines
» Loving Hut
» Peace Cafe

CATEGORY INDEX:

» Best Afterhours
» Best Auto Customization
» Best Bar
» Best Bar Food
» Best Bar for Beer
» Best Bar for Day Drinking
» Best Bar for People Who Don’t Like Bars
» Best Bartender
» Best Beach
» Best Burger
» Best Cheap Date
» Best Clothing Boutique
» Best Cocktail Lounge
» Best Date Night
» Best Dessert
» Best Dive Bar
» Best DJ
» Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant
» Best Food Truck
» Best Gay-Friendly Bar
» Best Go-Go Dancer
» Best Gym
» Best Instagram
» Best Juice Bar
» Best Karaoke
» Best Late-Night Food
» Best Live Music Venue
» Best Local Artist
» Best Local Band – Rock
» Best Local Band – Reggae
» Best Local Band – Hawaiian
» Best Local Chef
» Best Local Hip-Hop Artist/Group
» Best Local Solo Artist
» Best New Thing
» Best Nightclub
» Best Pau Hana
» Best Pizza
» Best Place for Coffee
» Best Place to Go Dancing
» Best Place to Host a Private Party
» Best Place to Play Pool
» Best Place to Study
» Best Place to Take Visitors
» Best Plate Lunch
» Best Ramen
» Best Restaurant
» Best Restaurant Bar
» Best Sports Bar
» Best Streetwear Shop
» Best Surf Shop
» Best Sushi
» Best Tattoo Parlor
» Best Twitter
» Best Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurant

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